By: Tim O’Shea
Vice President, Worldwide Consulting Services
You want to push Mobility forward for your company. But amid significant evolutionary trends — including shorter assignments, global uncertainties and a workforce craving international experience — where do you begin? Our blog series, “Transformative Insight for the World Ahead” explores emerging challenges as you strive to leverage your program as a key differentiator for people on the move.
You’re always looking to cut costs. You’re not alone. However, when it becomes a singular quest, it can compromise the effectiveness of your Mobility program. After all, if you’re preoccupied with cost-cutting details, you’re missing out on opportunities to enhance and expand your program.
It’s time to differentiate yourself and your program by emphasizing more data from more sources, so you can make more informed decisions — and add value.
Make every connection count
You don’t manage your Mobility program autonomously. It should comprise smart, experienced stakeholders from payroll, finance, human resources, accounts payable and many other departments. Each group has an incredible amount of specific expertise to share. You’re tasked with tapping into it.
Unfortunately, technology and process gaps compromise your ability to work collectively. With so many key players from across your organization, silos can form quickly. Information is lost behind closed loops and doors.
As the Mobility leader, it’s up to you to get others to buy into your vision and strive for a common purpose. Are you looking to move into new markets? Expand the knowledge of your workforce? Promote the company brand globally? Share the details with every stakeholder and present your case. Only then will they buy into your strategy.
Mind the gaps
Data and information have an uncanny ability to hide, especially when you want it. Use diagnostic tools to find out where it’s hidden. Combine proven methodologies, best practices, research and expertise to gain an in-depth 360-degree view of your Mobility program and unlock your most valuable asset — insight.
By helping stakeholders be an active participant in assessing how your program performs, you can get them on the same page, with everybody speaking the same language. Document respondents’ answers to strategically crafted questions to learn more about the information chain of command in your organization. Their answers will help you identify the areas where information lags or gets lost.
That “lost” information holds the secret to adding value to your Mobility program. Once you know where the gaps in your program reside, you can begin to bridge them between cross-functional groups and move forward as a unified organization.
Turn information into a known commodity
Once you identify and eliminate the gaps between key stakeholders, use the influx of information to add value. You’ll have more metrics to track individuals deployed in both global and domestic engagements. You’ll be able to share insights with colleagues and clients faster and more effectively. And most importantly, you’ll know where you need to revise your strategy — with insights from the experts on how to do it.
In addition, you’ll have tangible results to share with C-suite and other business leaders about how valuable Mobility is for your organization.